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Israel: Energy Ministry: Don't use a 'blech'

September 11, 2017: The Arutz 7:

"Israel's Energy Ministry called on the public to prevent tragedies and not use a "blech" during the upcoming holidays."
"A "blech" is a sheet of metal placed over a stove, on which foods can be warmed on Shabbat (Sabbath) or holidays."
"There is a risk of oxygen depletion, as well as of gas leaks caused by damage to the stove and gas pipes."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W615

Fake Alcohol comes in many varieties

August 28, 2017: The Safeproof:

This article talks about how Taverns use substitution, dilution of alchohol and counterfeit alcohol to provide an inferior and possibly deadly product to consumers.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W614

Israel: Massive kashrut fraud exposed

September 11, 2017: The Arutz 7:

A man in Nariyah "presented himself as a kashrut inspector using forged credentials, and certified scores of restaurants that in reality did match the necessary standards that Jewish dietary law requires."
"The Rabbinate's Kashrut Fraud Prevention Unit's suspicions were first aroused when they noticed that several businesses were presenting themselves as kosher, despite their certificate being signed by a rabbi they had never heard of. In addition, in cases where the certificate was signed by a known rabbi, the rabbi in question told the rabbinate that he had never signed any such document."
"The businesses in question were heavily fined for retaining kashrut certification from a private individual, against Rabbinate policy, which demands that it be done through the local municipal authorities."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W613

Kellogg’s Expands their OU Kosher Certification

August 30, 2017: The OU:

"Kellogg Company has expanded their OU kosher certification to include their coveted Morning Foods products of Kellogg’s brand cereals and nutri-grain bar products. Included in this OU kosher certification are almost all Kellogg’s brand cereals and nutri-grain bar products whose packaging bear the “k” designation. Products with a plain “k” are certified OU pareve and products with a “kd” and “kde” are certified OU dairy and OU dairy equipment respectively. The only exception is Mini Shredded Wheat which is not OU kosher certified even when packaging bear a “k”."

Ed. note: The Morningstar Farms products had been certified by OK Kosher Certification and the Kellogg's cereal and Nutragrain products had been certified by the Rabbinical Council of New England.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W612

10,000 gallons of illicit alcohol are seized from 31 Mexican resorts, restaurants and nightclubs in tourist hot spots after death of 20-year-old Wisconsin woman

August 14, 2017: The DailyMail:

"The Mexican government confiscated 10,000 gallons of illicit alcohol and raided 31 resorts and nightclubs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen that were thought to serve the counterfeit liquor to customers."
Another popular tourist establishment in Cancun, the Fat Tuesday bar, was also temporarily shut down by authorities."
"The rash of incidents prompted the State Department last month to warn American tourists traveling to Mexico to beware of tainted alcohol. "

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W611

Dr. Brown’s Natural Bottle & Dish Soaps Recalled by Handi-Craft Company Due to Risk of Bacteria Exposure

August 30, 2017: The CPSC:

Dr. Brown’s Natural bottle and dish soap has been recalled because the bottle and dish soap can contain harmful bacteria. Exposure to bacteria poses a risk of respiratory and other infections in immunocompromised individuals.
This recall involves Dr. Brown’s Natural Bottle & Dish Soap sold separately and with Dr. Brown’s bottle brush as a bottle cleaning kit. The soap bottles were sold in two sizes: a clear plastic 16-ounce bottle with a pump and a 4-ounce clear squeeze bottle. A label affixed to the front of the bottles read “Dr. Brown’s natural bottle & dish soap” and “100% plant-based ingredients.”
Our Little Ones, Babies R’ Us, Bebeang, Buy Buy Baby, Drugland Pharmacy, Family First Pharmacy, Global Nutrition Trading, Macro and Turquoise stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from September 2016 to June 2017 for between $3 and $7.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bottle and dish soap and contact the firm for instructions on receiving a replacement bottle of reformulated dish soap or comparable merchandise of equal or lesser value. Bottles and dishes cleaned with the recalled soap should be boiled or sanitized in the dishwasher.
Consumer Contact: Handi-Craft toll-free at 877-962-2525 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.drbrownsbaby.com and click on “Recall Information” for more information.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W610

Industry’s challenge to seafood import monitoring program rejected

August 29, 2017: The SeafoodSource.com:

the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) and a large group of U.S. seafood companies, including Trident Seafoods, Fortune Fish and Gourmet, Handy Seafood, and Alfa International Seafood legally challenged the "Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) – a set of regulations requiring increased traceability for seafood imports". "U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ruled against the plaintiffs, finding that the Commerce Department’s implementation of the program was not done inappropriately." He said that Congress had authority to issue regulations to combat seafood fraud.
"Barring an appeal, Mehta’s ruling will allow the so-called Seafood Traceability Rule to take effect in January 2018, requiring importers to provide more specific information on several species of seafood - namely tuna, king crab, blue crab, red snapper, Pacific and Atlantic cod, dolphinfish, grouper, sea cucumber, swordfish, and sharks. Under the new rules, importers will have to accurately report the type of fish being shipped and how and where it was caught or farmed."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W609

Academy Sports + Outdoors Recalls Crawfish Kits with Strainer Due to Fire Hazard

August 23, 2017: The CPSC and HeathyCanadians:

This recall involves the Academy Sports + Outdoors Outdoor Gourmet® 100-Qt. Crawfish kit with strainer which is an outdoor appliance used to cook crawfish and other seafood in a 100-quart pot. The Crawfish kit includes a hose assembly that connects the burner component to an external LP fuel tank supplied by the consumer. Model number FSOGBG4201 is printed on the silver label located on the burner component.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled 100-quart crawfish kits and contact Academy Sports + Outdoors for instructions on obtaining a free replacement hose assembly.
Sold At Academy Sports + Outdoors stores and online at Academy.com from March 2014 through May 2017 for about $130.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W608

Idaho Jewish Prisoners Can Now Get Kosher Food

August 23, 2017: The Forward:

"A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s Department of Correction is required to provide kosher meals in all of its facilities." Because of this ruling the "four Jews locked up in Idaho prisons will finally be able to eat kosher."
"After the prisoners were only able to consume fruit and matzah during Passover because they were not provided with kosher meals, a lawsuit was filed in May by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU claimed that the prison service was violating the prisoners’ constitutional rights to free exercise of religion."
"The kosher menu will include 19 different meals to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The court will be monitoring the implementation of the kosher food program to ensure compliance with kashrut, such as providing the meals in pre-packaged, sealed containers."
"The kosher meal plan is slated to be instituted no later than November 1 of this year."
"The judge’s ruling, however, does not fully resolve the lawsuit. The ACLU is also suing for compensation on behalf of the prisoners, who were forced to eat non-kosher food for years while incarcerated."

The previous item can be cited with the URL: https://www.kashrut.com/News/?alert=W607

Swiss to vote on banning import of kosher and halal meat

August 18, 2017: JewishNewsOnlline:

"Lawmakers in Switzerland will vote on a bill that outlaws the import of meat from animals that have undergone ritual slaughter, which already is illegal" in Switzerland.
"he bill, which was submitted in June by Matthias Aebischer, a federal lawmaker for the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland – the country’s second largest — has prompted opposition because foie gras is part of the ban. A delicacy made of goose liver that is particularly popular among French-speaking Swiss consumers, foie gras is produced through forced feeding that is widely considered cruel."
"The debate on the measure, which has divided the multinational Swiss state, has extended beyond a proposed ban in the same bill on importing any meat that is produced from animals that are not stunned prior to their slaughter"
"Shechitah, the Jewish ritual method of slaughtering animals, requires they be conscious when their throats are slit — a practice that critics say is cruel but which advocates insist is more humane than mechanised methods used in non-kosher abattoirs. Muslims slaughter animals in a similar method, albeit with fewer restrictions, to produce halal meat."
"Shechitah for all animals except poultry has been illegal in Switzerland following legislation in 1894." "The Swiss Federal Council, which is part of the federal government, in 2016 said banning the import of meat from ritual slaughter would violate international trade agreements that Switzerland had signed."

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